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  • Hundreds witness to life in Boston march

    BOSTON -- Pro-life supporters from all over the state rallied and marched in public witness despite rain and clouds, June 28, at the Massachusetts March for Life on Boston Common. "We gather here today with one voice to bear witness to the truth about life and the truth about love. Please Father, bless our gathering here today and, Lord, for every raindrop that we receive today, may a heart be converted for the Gospel of Life. Amen?" said Father Matt Williams, as the rally opened in prayer.

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  • Troutman named new director of Catholic Charities North

    BOSTON -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) announced June 29 that Frances Kellogg Troutman has joined the social services agency as Director of Catholic Charities North in Lynn. In her new position, Troutman will be responsible for the administration and fundraising efforts for diverse social service and educational programs serving more than 6,000 families at five locations on the North Shore.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley 'saddened' by Supreme Court marriage ruling

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley issued the following statement June 26, following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling establishing same-sex marriage in all 50 states: As a citizen of the United States and a Catholic bishop, I am saddened by the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.

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  • Needham bridge dedicated to the late Father Daniel Kennedy

    NEEDHAM -- After a ceremony and blessing to honor a late beloved priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, June 15, traffic passed over the Father (Lt.) Daniel J. Kennedy, United States Navy, Memorial Bridge at the intersection of Great Plain Avenue and Route 128 in Needham for the first time since the restoration of the overpass.

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  • Inner City Scholarship Fund honors Volunteer of the Year

    BOSTON -- Kristina Valente, assistant vice president and events manager at State Street Corporation, was named Inner City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Volunteer of the Year by the Catholic Schools Foundation at their "School's Out Celebration" held June 4 in Downtown Boston.

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  • Class of 2015 Catholic high school commencements

    As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot congratulates all the members of the class of 2015 who graduated from Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. This year's roundup of commencement exercises is presented alphabetically by school.

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  • Boston faith community gathers in prayer for Charleston victims

    DORCHESTER -- People of faith from across the spectrum of Boston faith communities came together at the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dorchester, June 21, for prayerful reflection on a church shooting that claimed nine lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church called "Mother Emanuel" in Charleston, S.C. four days earlier.

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  • The Vocation of Consecrated Virgin

    "You're a what?" People often ask as I give some talks to confirmation groups on nights on vocations. When it is my turn and I explain that I am a Consecrated Virgin... that's consecrated NOT constipated or concentrated! (Some teens mistakenly have reported to their parents those last two titles!)

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  • Daughters of St. Paul celebrate centennial

    WEST ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the centennial of The Daughters of St. Paul, June 14, at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury. Founded in 1915 as part of the Pauline Family, the Daughters of St. Paul have reached 2,500 members in 51 countries working to "communicate Christ through all forms of media."

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  • Redemptoris Mater announces planned expansion at gala

    NORWOOD -- As the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of the Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Gala Dinner celebrated a renewal in the Church brought on by Blessed Pope Paul VI, June 14, the rector announced a renewal for the seminary in the form of a planned expansion.

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  • Forming the Future: B.C. High student serves the homeless and forgotten

    Thursdays are very important days for Luke Murphy, a junior at Boston College High School. "I have found that I look forward to Thursdays, not because it's almost the end of the week or because Friday is right around the corner," Murphy wrote in a reflection piece posted on his school website, "but because I am able to go out to the Boston Common with friends to serve and talk to my other friends I have made through my service on the St. Louis Project."

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  • Cardinal announces clergy changes in the archdiocesan curia

    Following appointments by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, five priests of the archdiocese have assumed new positions in the archdiocesan curia. Sometimes abbreviated as "chancery," the curia includes certain canonical offices, for example: judicial vicar, vicar general, moderator of the curia, chancellor, and archivist. The first three must always be priests; the other two may be religious or laity. A diocesan bishop can add offices as he sees the need in helping him carry out his governance of the diocese. Often, while not required for the specific office, it is appropriate and even recommended that a priest be named to an office.

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  • Archdiocese holds Faith Formation Leadership Day

    BRAINTREE -- Religious education directors, pastoral associates, youth ministers, marriage preparation instructors and others who promote faith formation in their parish assembled at the Pastoral Center June 10 for the Archdiocese of Boston Faith Formation Leadership Day hosted by the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support.

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  • The Medical Missionaries of Mary: On fire with the healing love of God

    The Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) is an international congregation of religious women founded by Marie Martin, in 1937 under remarkable circumstances. Born in Ireland she went to Nigeria, West Africa, in 1921 as a lay missionary. During her years there she saw the great need for health care particularly for vulnerable women and children. Not many people will hold on to an uncertain dream for 20 years, but that is what Marie did before she was able to establish the Medical Missionaries of Mary.

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  • Parish offers summer faith formation programs

    While most parishes in the archdiocese are winding down their religious education and other programs for the summer, others are taking advantage of summer free time to give both children and adults a chance to learn more about their faith.

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  • Pope St. John XXIII Seminary breaks ground on new learning center

    WESTON -- With a few silver shovels full of dirt on the evening of June 3, a bright new chapter in the story of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary began. "It was an exciting day for all of us. It is the first expansion of the seminary building since it was founded 50 years ago," said Bishop Peter J. Uglietto.

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  • Testimony on life issues heard on Beacon Hill

    BOSTON -- Supporters and opponents of three bills related to pro-life causes filled a room at the Statehouse, June 2, as the Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony on Beacon Hill. The committee heard testimony on three bills with relevance to the defense of human life and pro-life causes. The committee heard testimony on H2039, a bill aimed at licensing abortion facilities in the state; H2070, a bill to lower the age that a woman seeking an abortion needs parental consent; and H2037, a bill to legally adjust biotechnology laws to allow the use of skin cells rather than embryonic stem cells in related research.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Steven LeBlanc

    Home town and state: Hanover, Massachusetts High School: Xaverian Brothers High School Seminary attending: St. John's Seminary, Third Theology What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

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  • Mission Church celebrates 150th anniversary of icon

    ROXBURY -- Every week for decades after World War II, thousands upon thousands of Catholics flocked to Boston's Tremont Street to venerate the Mother of God. On Wednesdays they came for one of nine novena services honoring Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the basilica of the same name. The congregation at the basilica, also known as Mission Church, regularly exceeded the 1,500 capacity and overflowed to the lower church. Busses that transported the crowds of up to 20,000 lined the streets of Mission Hill, waiting for the return trip.

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  • Cardinal grants senior priest status to three pastors

    Three priests of the archdiocese who have been pastors in their respective parishes for more than two decades apiece have been granted senior priest/retirement status by Cardinal O'Malley. The effective date of each of the retirements was June 2, 2015.

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  • Program offers North Shore Catholic high school students college credit

    The three institutions -- one Catholic college and two Catholic high schools -- are within several miles of each other, but they are linked by more than geography. Marian Court College in Swampscott enjoys a productive partnership with St. Mary's High School in Lynn and Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody. The centerpiece of the relationship is a dual enrollment program, whereby high school students can earn college credits without ever leaving their building.

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  • Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers: An apostolic mission of deferential service

    St. Gaspar Bertoni, born Oct. 9, 1777, was the Founder of the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata of our Lord Jesus Christ. He served the Diocese of Verona, Italy for 53 years as one of its diocesan priests, being ordained Sept. 20, 1800 -- and he died there on June 12, 1853. He was beatified by Blessed Paul VI, on Nov. 1 of the Holy Year, 1975 -- and was canonized a Saint by Pope St. John Paul II, Nov. 1, 1989. The early community became known as "the men of the Stigmata", or Stimmatini, in Italian. The Founder's inspiration came from the biblical presentation of Christ: God so loved the world, that He gave up His only Son [cf. Romans 8:21; John 3:16]. He offered His life much like a Eucharistic oblation offered to the Mercy of God [cf. Roamns 12:1] and gave Himself up for love of us all [Galatians 1:4; 2:20; Ephesians 5:25; I Timothy 2:5; Titus 2:1].

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Thursday (5/28), the consecrated virgins in the archdiocese joined us for our daily Mass at the Pastoral Center and afterwards there was a luncheon and meeting with them. During the lunch, we had a discussion of some of our activities for the Year for Consecrated Life and also the upcoming Jubilee Year for Mercy. They were also able to share some of the activities they are involved in. Also with us at the lunch was Elizabeth Lee from Fall River and Sister Marian Batho, our Delegate for Religious Life in the archdiocese. The vocation of the consecrated virgin is an important one for the Church that has been restored by the Second Vatican Council and we are very blessed to have so many consecrated virgins here in the archdiocese.

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  • ICSF leads annual 'bus tour' of East Boston Central Catholic School

    EAST BOSTON -- East Boston Central Catholic (EBCC) school saw a spike in attendance on May 21. Close to 50 men and women, including special guests Andre Tippett, NFL Hall of Famer and former New England Patriot, and Peter Lynch, philanthropist and investment banker, participated in this year's annual bus tour, sponsored by the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF). The attendees, most of whom are donors to the ICSF, boarded a bus in downtown Boston and were driven to EBCC, where they were treated to a lunch, a brief presentation and a tour of the elementary school.

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  • Local observers offer perspective on upcoming ecology encyclical

    BOSTON -- Taking a cue from his beloved namesake saint, Pope Francis is expected to articulate the Catholic Church's view of ecology when he releases his first encyclical this month. Reportedly titled "Laudato Sii" ("Praised Be You"), observers expect the encyclical to evoke "The Canticle of the Sun," which was written by St. Francis of Assisi in the early 13th century. In his famous canticle, the saint thanks God for the creations of "Brother Sun" and "Sister Moon" and refers to the animals as brothers and sisters to mankind.

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  • Walpole's Blessed Sacrament School works to build prostheses for Third-World children

    It's not every day a 10-year-old can say he is building a prosthesis. But that's exactly what Ben Weinberg, fourth-grader at Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole, is doing. Weinberg, together with close to 25 fellow students all in grades 3 through 6, make up the school's 3D Club, a newly formed extracurricular organization created to help students take advantage of the school's recently acquired 3D printer.

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  • Sisters of Charity of Halifax: Jubilate! Alleluia!

    From pre Easter to pre Pentecost, the Resurrection motif of peace and joy has been echoing throughout the corridors of Mount St. Vincent, Wellesley. On March 8, we Sisters of Charity-Halifax celebrated the Jubilarians of 60, 65, 70, and 75 years of consecrated life. On May 1, Sisters Sheila Conley, SC; Kathleen Crowley, SC; Paula Mignone, SC and Cecelia Sacca, SC were feted at a Madonna Hall High Tea, where sisters and friends gathered to extend good wishes and blessings to these Golden Jubilarians for their many years of consecrated life.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday night (5/22) we gathered with the deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the eve of the ordination, to pray together, to have a meal. After that meal, I gave them their assignment letters and their faculty letters. Then the next morning at the cathedral was the ceremony itself. It was very well attended with five men being ordained to the priesthood. Ordinations are always a very important moment for the archdiocese -- a time of renewal, a time of great hope, and many priests and people filled the cathedral. We were blessed with a beautiful day. It was about 60 degrees out and sunny, which for a ceremony is perfect since the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is not air conditioned. This was the Vigil of Pentecost. I told them that they were our Pentecostal priests, because their ordination was on the vigil and their first Masses were all on the Feast of Pentecost.

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